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Cancer statistics

Improvements in cancer control cannot be made without the latest clinical data and statistics. This evidence helps to form the basis for new treatments, methods of care and prevention strategies that will lead to better outcomes for cancer patients across NSW.

Latest data and trends

Cancer in New South Wales: Incidence Report 2009 contains the most up-to-date report on cancer incidence published for NSW. The latest mortality data is available in the Cancer in NSW: Incidence and Mortality Report 2008. You can also browse our online fact sheets for statistical overviews of the majority cancer types.

You can also run customised reports by geography, gender, age groups and socio-economic status using our online statistics module.

Detailed Cancer reports

More detailed statistics and analysis are available in our cancer reports publications.

Australian statistics

Data on cancer in Australia is available from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).  The latest national data are reported in Cancer in Australia 2010: an Overview

This report indicates that there were:

  • 108,368 new cancer cases diagnosed in Australia in 2007.
  • NSW has the largest number of cancer cases and deaths of any state or territory in Australia (this is due to having the largest population).
  • Allowing for population size and age, NSW has the third highest incidence rate of cancer (484 cases per 100,000), behind Queensland (505 cases per 100,000) and Tasmania (495 cases per 100,000).

International statistics

The latest international cancer incidence and mortality data are available from the GLOBOCAN 2008 project, produced by the International Agency for Research on Cancer.

NOTE: CINSW, the AIHW and GLOBOCAN all use slightly different definitions for cancer - therefore the numbers reported in each source are not the same and cannot be directly compared.

In depth cancer reports

For detailed data and analysis, please see the latest cancer reports published by the Cancer Institute

Cancer presentation slides

Online cancer statistics

Run detailed and customised reports on specific cancers, with comparisons on age, genders and geography: